AS and A level Further Mathematics are two separate qualifications. An AS qualification is half the size of an A level qualification. AS Further Mathematics is graded A-E, and A level Further Mathematics is graded A*-E.
Several different awarding bodies offer AS and AS level Further Mathematics. If you are interested to see the detailed maths content, it’s best to check the specifications. These are available on the awarding bodies’ websites and can easily be found by searching for them. A summary of the specifications currently taken by most students in England is available on our A level Further Mathematics curriculum page; however, there was a significant change in 2017 and those who studied AS/A level Further Mathematics before then will have covered different content.
Entries in England for A level Further Mathematics have risen rapidly in recent years. Young people recognise that it’s a highly desirable qualification that can help them achieve their aspirations for further study and their future career.
Studying A level Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for a career in a number of STEM industries. In addition many university maths departments encourage students to take Further Mathematics at A level as it introduces a wider range of pure and applied content, and develops students’ problem solving skills.
If AS and/or A level Further Mathematics would be useful preparation for a career in your industry, please consider making reference to them in your published recruitment criteria. Whilst they may not be essential requirements, you might state that they are useful preparation and that you look positively on applicants offering them.